Blogs from Lijiang, Yunnan, China, Asia


Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang August 10th 2022

Today was a day that I had been concerned about. I wanted to do this, I needed to do this to test my health, but it could have had repercussions. Today the trip took us up Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. We were to reach an altitude of about 4680 metres. The air is thin, it was also going to be cold and I had forgotten to bring warm clothes, they were sitting on my bed, somehow overlooked in the packing. But the altitude was the concern. You see 6 years ago I had open heart surgery and a quintuple bypass. Generally I am fit enough but thin air, lower levels of oxygen and the exertion of the climb was causing me some doubts about whether I should do this. In my 20's I climbed Mt Kenya ... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang February 6th 2019

Can't wait to see her again... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang September 19th 2018

We arrived in Shuhe, which is one of the three old towns which make up the Old Town of Lijiang, about 2 hours after leaving Tiger Leaping Gorge. The Old Town of Lijian is located at an elevation of 2400m. The Old Town of Lijiang was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997 in recognition of the towns role as the intersection between the Silk Road and the Tea Horse Road; the architecture (including housing influenced by Han, Bai, Tibetan and Naxi) which is well preserved and urban planning and landscaping (including impressive water distribution system which conveys water throughout the town in a series of engineered channels among other things. The Old Town of Lijiang is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China. Apparently 80 million tourists visited last year. At times the ... read more
Danyan Old Town
Danyan Old Town
Central Square, Danyan Old Town

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang August 15th 2018

Hi All, So good to be out of the mountains and at a much lower elevation. A 4 hour bus ride south from Shangri-la and we arrived in Lijiang. Stayed in a small hotel close to Mu Palace, very quiet and secluded. Lovely to relax and ease away the strains of mountain hiking. Really enjoyed our few days here walking the sometimes heaving othertimes empty old streets. The Naxi food has also been excellent especially the black eyed bean tofu in a spicy sauce. Moving on towards Dali tomorrow. Looking forward to that Enjoy the photos JAH Bless ... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang November 28th 2015

- admission to the Lion Hill Scenic area, 50Yuan. - taxi ride to the airport, 17:00, 20min, 80 Yuan. - flight from Lijiang to Kunming, China Eastern, Boeing 737, 20:05-21:10, 1h05. - flight from Kunming to Guangzhou, China Eastern Airlines, Boeing 737, 22:15-00:20, 2h05, (arriving 29/Nov/2015), 660Yuan for both flights. - Airport shuttle bus to the hotel,17Yuan. !---! Xinhe International Hotel Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou, 288Yuan.... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang November 26th 2015

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang October 11th 2015

After spending 2 night and 1 day in Dali, our next stop was Lijiand. We got there by taking a 3 hour train. It cost 39 yuan. We stayed in Shuhe old town, not far from Lijiang old town. That part got badly burned last year and we saw many abandoned buildings. Still, it was a very chilled out place.... read more
old town 2

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang July 9th 2015

How was our 60+ hour journey you ask. From Beijing to Kunming (one side of the country to the other) took 44hrs with a 5hr stopover before hopping onto another train for a further 9 hours to reach Lijiang. After all we had been through on the great wall, this journey was surprisingly relaxing. Arriving in Lijiang train station at 6am still blurry eyed we made our way to the bus stop. The sun slowly rising, many people already stood at the bus stop waiting for a bus that seemed like it was never going to come at all. Eventually after nearly an hour, our bus pulled up. We had to brace ourselves and get in position. Everybody wanted to board the bus complete with backpacks, pull alongs and large sacks of food. Everybody squeezed, nudged ... read more
P getting lost in 'old' China
Lady in traditional Naxi clothing
Jade dragon snow mountain in the distance

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang February 27th 2015

26 fév Ça klaxonne. La porte d'un mini bus bruyant s'ouvre et j'y embarque avec mon lourd bagage. Il est 11h15AM. Je devais quitter Dali bien avant mais un problème de communication m'a empêché de partir plus en matinée. Pour les foreigns, les problèmes de communication sont monnaie courante en Chine. Bref. Je prend donc place dans ce bus, sous le regard scrutateur des 17 passagers chinois. J'ai payé pour mon ticket mais je n'ai pas de ticket. Les petits tours de passe-passe sont aussi monnaie courante ici. Le bus quitte Dali pour se rendre à Lijiang, encore plus profondément dans les montagnes. Un écran-télé s'allume dans le véhicule. Play: règles de sécurité comme dans les avions. On nous précise comment attacher sa ceinture... et comment briser les vitres avec le petit marteau rouge au cas ... read more
Vieil ancêtre
Eagle eye
Night Lijiang

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang December 20th 2014

The market in Lijiang is huge. The 23/twenty-three/23 pictures posted at the end of this story give a true image of the hectic activity taking place there every day. I love markets. This one can only be topped by a market in Kolkata where fruits and vegetables were artistically arranged. Found lots of eggs ...avoided any contact with chickens here and in HongKong. At this writing six months later, the images experienced at the market are still very vivid. Lijiang Market Once an acceptable comfort and confidence level returned to my psyche, I was prepared to undertake a foray into the maze of the old town of Lijiang and go to the famous Zhongyi Market. The desk clerk at the Crowne Plaza gave me a map with English names. The map was printed on brown paper. ... read more
One Busy Lane of Many
Sewing Machine Shop
 Naxi Basket

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